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THE EXTRAORDINARY LIVES OF MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT & MARY SHELLEY
Written by CHARLOTTE GORDON

Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 02/02/2016

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98047-9

NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE SEATTLE TIMES

This groundbreaking dual biography brings to life a pioneering English feminist and the daughter she never knew. Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley have each been the subject of numerous biographies, yet no one has ever examined their lives in one book—until now. In Romantic Outlaws, Charlotte Gordon reunites the trailblazing author who wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Woman and...

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AN ANTHOLOGY OF POETIC METERS

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages

Publisher: Everyman's Library

On Sale: 03/31/2015

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-0-375-71248-7

This comprehensive and joyous celebration of metered verse—from Shakespeare to slam poetry—brings together some of the best rhythmic lines in literature.

After a century dominated by free verse, there is a new excitement about rediscovering poetry's ancient musical and performative roots. Iambic pentameter is the most familiar meter for most readers, but it only scratches the surface of the extraordinary diversity of rhythmic patterns that poets have employed over the ages. That astonishing...

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Written by MAYA ANGELOU

Format: Hardcover, 336 pages

Publisher: Random House

On Sale: 03/31/2015

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-99787-3

Throughout her illustrious career in letters, Maya Angelou gifted, healed, and inspired the world with her words. Now the beauty and spirit of those words live on in this new and complete collection of poetry that reflects and honors the writer’s remarkable life.
 
Every poetic phrase, every poignant verse can be found within the pages of this sure-to-be-treasured volume—from her reflections on African American life and hardship in the compilation Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ’fore I...

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Translator BURTON WATSON
Preface by LUCAS KLEIN

Format: Trade Paperback, 172 pages

Publisher: New York Review Books

On Sale: 01/13/2015

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-9-629-96563-1

The fu, or rhyme-prose, is a major poetic form in Chinese literature, most popular between the 2nd century b.c. and 6th century a.d. Unlike what is usually considered Chinese poetry, it is a hybrid of prose and rhymed verse, more expansive than the condensed lyrics, verging on what might be called Whitmanesque. The thirteen long poems included here are descriptions of and meditations on such subjects as mountains and abandoned cities, the sea and the wind, owls and goddesses, partings and...

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AND OTHER WRITINGS ON TWENTIETH-CENTURY POETRY AND PROSE
Written by ALAIN BADIOU
Translator EMILY APTER, BRUNO BOSTEELS
Introduction by BRUNO BOSTEELS

Format: Trade Paperback, 252 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 11/04/2014

Price: $24.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68569-3

The Age of the Poets revisits the age-old problem of the relation between literature and philosophy, arguing against both Plato and Heidegger’s famous arguments. Philosophy neither has to ban the poets from the republic nor abdicate its own powers to the sole benefit of poetry or art. Instead, it must declare the end of what Badiou names the “age of the poets,” which stretches from Hölderlin to Celan. Drawing on ideas from his first publication on the subject, “The Autonomy of the Aesthetic...

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A POEM
Written by EDWARD HIRSCH

Format: Hardcover, 96 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 09/02/2014

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-35357-1

Never has there been a book of poems quite like Gabriel, in which a short life, a bewildering death, and the unanswerable sorrow of a father come together in such a sustained elegy. This unabashed sequence speaks directly from Hirsch’s heart to our own, without sentimentality. From its opening lines—“The funeral director opened the coffin / And there he was alone / From the waist up”—Hirsch’s account is poignantly direct and open to the strange vicissitudes and tricks of grief. In propulsive...

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A POEM AND PORTRAITS
Written by ANNE MICHAELS
Illustrated by BERNICE EISENSTEIN

Format: Hardcover, 128 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 12/03/2013

Price: $35.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-96249-2

A rare and beautifully produced "accordion" book by renowned novelist and poet Anne Michaels and acclaimed artist and writer Bernice Eisenstein that will cause a stir for both its form and its content.

Anne Michaels's resonant book-length poem—which unfolds on one side of the pages of this accordion book—ranges from the universal to the intimate, as she writes of historical figures for whom language was the closest thing to salvation; on the other side, we have Bernice Eisenstein's luminous...

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AN INAUGURAL POET'S JOURNEY
Written by RICHARD BLANCO

Format: Trade Paperback, 120 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 11/19/2013

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-807-03380-7

In this brief and evocative memoir, Richard Blanco shares his life as a Latino immigrant and openly gay man discovering a new, emotional understanding of what it means to be an American. He tells the story of the call from the White House committee and all the exhilaration and upheaval of the days that followed. He reveals the inspiration and challenges behind the creation of the inaugural poem, “One Today,” as well as two other poems commissioned for the occasion (“Mother Country” and “What...

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POEMS BY HUGO CLAUS
Written by HUGO CLAUS
Translator DAVID COLMER

Format: Trade Paperback, 220 pages

Publisher: Archipelago

On Sale: 11/12/2013

Price: $20.00

ISBN: 978-1-935-74488-7

Beautifully translated from the Dutch by David Colmer, the IMPAC Award-winning translator of Gerbrand Bakker’s The Twin, Hugo Claus’s poems are remarkable for their dexterity, intensity of feeling, and acute intelligence. From the richly associative and referential “Oostakker Poems” to the emotional and erotic outpouring of the “mad dog stanzas” in “Morning, You,” from his interpretations of Shakespeare’s sonnets to a modern adaptation of a Sanskrit masterpiece, this volume reveals the...

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A CIVIL WAR COMMEMORATION: POEMS AND PHOTOGRAPHS, PAST AND PRESENT

Format: Trade Paperback, 136 pages

Publisher: Smithsonian Books

On Sale: 10/01/2013

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-588-34397-0

Lines in Long Array demonstrates the enduring impact of the Civil War on American culture by presenting poems and photographs from both the past and present, including 12 wholly new poems by contemporary poets created especially for this volume.

Includes previously unpublished poetry by Eavan Boland, Geoffrey Brock, Nikki Giovanni, Jorie Graham, John Koethe, Yusef Komunyakaa, Paul Muldoon, Steve Scafidi, Jr., Michael Schmidt, Dave Smith, Tracy K. Smith, and C. D. Wright. Also includes...

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THE HISTORY OF A RADICAL POEM, FROM PERCY SHELLEY TO THE TRIANGLE FACTORY FIRE
Written by MICHAEL DEMSON
Illustrated by SUMMER MCCLINTON

Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 07/02/2013

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68098-8

Masks of Anarchy tells the extraordinary story of Percy Shelley’s poem “The Masque of Anarchy,” from its conception in Italy and suppression in England to the moment it became a catalyst for protest among New York City workers a century later.

Shelley penned the poem in 1819, after hearing of the Peterloo Massacre, where British cavalry charged peaceful political demonstrators near Manchester. His words would later inspire figures as wide-ranging as Henry David Thoreau and Mahatma Gandhi–and...

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Written by JEAN COCTEAU
Translator ELIZABETH SPRIGGE
Introduction by GEOFFREY O'BRIEN

Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages

Publisher: Melville House

On Sale: 05/28/2013

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-1-612-19290-1

By the time he published The Difficulty of Being in 1947, Jean Cocteau had produced some of the most respected films and literature of the twentieth century, and had worked with the foremost artists of his time, including Proust, Gide, Picasso and Stravinsky.

This memoir tells the inside account of those achievements and of his glittering social circle. Cocteau writes about his childhood, about his development as an artist, and the peculiarity of the artist’s life, about his dreams,...

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